NetChoice Lawsuit Over CA Child Safety Law Shows Care About Profit Over Children’s Well-Being

Written by PTC | Published December 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2022) – The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) said that the new lawsuit filed by NetChoice against the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (AB-2273), that was signed into law by CA Gov. Newsom, shows that the tech industry is against the well-being of children.

“NetChoice’s lawsuit shows that it cares only about its net income, not about the health and well-being of children. Of course, this lawsuit was entirely predictable: the professed concern these big media companies have about ‘constitutional rights’ begins and ends with their cash flow,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“The ‘Age-Appropriate Design Code’ law merely ensures that tech companies design their products with children’s safety and privacy in mind. It is a common-sense measure to help protect children from the harms they can experience from technology and digital platforms. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens in America, and there is a growing body of evidence linking that tragic development to children’s increased screen time. Tech platforms have the responsibility – and in California, the legal burden – to make sure children are considered during the creation of products they will use.

“The companies funding the trade group, NetChoice, look similar to those that sought to kill this and other legislation when they were being considered this past summer. This is yet another way tech is pushing back against any accountability for its products to protect children,” Winter said.

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